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New Mexico writer to share unique experiences with NMSU during Hispanic Heritage Month event

A celebrated New Mexican writer will read from her works in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore.



Celebrated New Mexican writer Demetria Martinez will read from her works in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore. (Submitted Photo)

Demetria Martinez is a peace activist, journalist and long-time contributor to the National Catholic Reporter. She is the author of a number of collections of poetry and the award-winning novel, "Mother Tongue," and will read from her essay, "Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana," and her most recent collection of short stories, "The Block Captain's Daughter."

"Mother Tongue" is based in part on Martinez's 1988 trial for conspiracy in connection with smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the United States. A religion reporter at the time covering the faith-based Sanctuary Movement, Martinez was found not guilty on First Amendment grounds.

Martinez is also involved with Enlace Comunitario, an immigrants' rights group which works with Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence.

Martinez's newest publication, "Grandpa's Magic Tortilla," a children's book written with Rosalee Montoya-Reed, was recently released by University of New Mexico Press.

For more information on the poetry reading, contact Spencer Herrera, NMSU Languages and Linguistics professor, at 646-2403.

For more information on other Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Chicano Programs at NMSU at 575-646-4206.